What is School Direct?

A School Direct PGCE gives you the chance to complete your primary or secondary teacher training with a particular partnership of schools.

Your programme will be designed in partnership with Leeds Trinity University and the schools, based on the partnership schools’ specific requirements for Early Career Teachers (ECTs). As such, you’ll be based in a school from day one and your training will be very hands-on.

School Direct is a popular choice for trainees who hope to secure a teaching role in the same partnership of schools in which they train.

Course structure

The structure is broadly the same structure as the University-led courses, giving you the chance to develop your confidence and teaching knowledge through three stages. Your training will be led by University tutors and school staff and delivered in cross-subject groups, but the main difference is that it will be predominantly be delivered in schools.

While you’ll spend very little time at Leeds Trinity University itself, you’ll still be able to access all the specialist support that you would expect from a university.

Courses available: Primary

  • Primary Education (3-7)
  • Primary Education (5-11)

Courses available: Secondary

Art and Design Drama  Mathematics Religious Education Social Sciences
Business Studies English  Modern Foreign Languages Science with Biology   
Computer Science with ICT Geography Music Science with Chemistry  
Design and Technology History Physical Education  Science with Physics  

We also offer you the chance to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) as part of your PGCE. The CCRS is a pre-requisite for many posts in the Catholic education sector e.g., primary and secondary school teachers, teaching assistants, or administrative roles. The qualification is also ideal for those who simply wish to deepen their own faith and understanding of Catholicism.

School Direct partners

School Direct offers practical, hands-on teacher training within a large network of good to outstanding
sc​hools. Leeds Trinity University's School Direct partners provide support and guidance that develop PGCE trainees ready for employment.